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On Rabelais
French prose, however, produced at this period one writer of genius in François Rabelais, whose Pantagruel appeared in 1532, to be followed by Gargantua in 1534, and Tiers Livre  in 1546. Here, for the first time in France, humanist erudition is used by a writer who had a positive attitude toward life, even a philosophy, to propose and who, though soaked in the classics and in Italian literature, is original and wholly French.

-- Anthony Blunt, Art and Architecture in France 1500-1700
Manuel Jiménez Friaza
  
Art and Architecture in France 1500-1700

From what I see you have started to read your new analogical and helpful book... ;-)
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Sarajevo. Ottoman Bosnia. 1800's. via Ottoman Imperial Archives



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NOVA on PBS | The Origami Revolution

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Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions.
Jake Moomaw
  
That was a beautiful episode!  It brought to mind the expansion of the Bigelow BEAM module aboard the ISS and the deployment of the James Webb Stace Telescope.  The thing that makes JWST so scary for me is that there are so many individual actuators, the failure of any one of them imperils the mission as a whole.  Some of the origami structures in the show could be deployed with a single motor, greatly reducing the complexity of deploying massive structures on orbit.  Exciting stuff!
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I still can't fold a paper crane. white frowning face
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the rumour of a knocking in a tomb will terrify a whole city
-- Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
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Woolly mammoth on verge of resurrection, scientists reveal | Science | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/feb/16/woolly-mammoth-resurrection-scientists
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by Pam Mandel//Nerd's Eye View on Longreads

American Cowboy profiles Elizabeth Ebert, the “Grand Dame of Cowboy Poetry”  — and takes the required detour to the Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada.


*poem *poetry
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Perhaps my favorite photo caption on Wikipedia:
A Berkshire sow similar to The Empress of Blandings (but much thinner)


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#Blandings #Wodehouse #Emsworth
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#WOTD porpentine (porcupine)
c. 1600, W. Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene V:“GHOST: I could a tale unfold whose lightest word / Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, / Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres, / Thy knotted and combined locks to part / And each particular hair to stand on end, / Like quills upon the fretful porpentine
1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter XI:Odd that he [Hamlet's ghost] should have said porpentine when he meant porcupine. Slip of the tongue, no doubt, as so often happens with ghosts
Note Wodehouse's slip of the tongue.
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A Chronicle of England - Page 367 - The King Attacked by the Duke of Alencon [Public domain], by James William Edmund Doyle (1822–1892)  

"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all ‘We died at such a place;’ some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection."
-- Henry V, Act IV, Scene 1
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Western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), world's largest grouse.
via: The Guardian



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Among the birds, the male is the one that has the most colorful feathers, the most spectacular. Men we should learn from them ;-)
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Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.
-- Mark Twain
Mike Macgirvin
  
I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's.
-- Mark Twain
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Life at Versailles with the ducs du...  Also, life at Palazzo Excelsior if you substitute the earl of Whidbey for Louis XIV and the countesses for the jeunes ducs.



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Göke (1495) the flagship of Kemal Reis [Public domain], by , from Wikimedia Commons

In 1492, more than 150,000 Spanish Jews fled for safety to the Ottoman Empire from the Spanish Inquisition upon the passing of the 'Alhambra Decree', which ordered the expulsion of Jews from the Spanish Kingdom of Castile. Under the reign of Sultan Beyazid II, the Ottoman Empire embraced these oppressed people with compassion and welcomed them into their lands. Spanish Jews were allowed to settle in the wealthier cities of the Empire such as Istanbul, Sarajevo, Salonica, Edirne, Nicopolis, Bursa, Aydın, Tokat, Amasya and Izmir. For hundreds of year following the Alhambra Decree, Jews lived peaceful, comfortable, prosperity-filled lives* under the Islamic Rule of the Ottoman Empire.

OSMANLI İMPARATORU ZULÜM GÖREN AVRUPA YAHUDİLERİNE KUCAK AÇTI, 1492.
1492'de 150.000'den fazla İspanyol Yahudi, İspanyol Krallığı Kastilya'ndan Yahudilerin atılmasını emreden 'Alhambra Kararnamesi' nin geçmesiyle İspanyol Engizisyonundan Osmanlı İmparatorluğu'na emniyet için kaçtı. Osmanlı İmparatorluğu, II. Beyazıt döneminde bu ezilen halka merhametle kucak açtı ve onları kendi topraklarında karşıladı. İspanyol Yahudilerin imparatorluğun İstanbul, Saraybosna, Selanik, Edirne, Niğbolu, Bursa, Aydın, Tokat, Amasya ve İzmir gibi zengin kentlerine yerleşmeleri sağlandı. Elhamra Kararname'sini takip eden yüzlerce yıl boyunca, Yahudiler Osmanlı İmparatorluğu İslami Hükümresi uyarınca barışçıl, rahat ve refah dolu yaşıyorlardı.

الدولة العثمانية احتضنت اليهود المضطهدين في أوروبا عام ١٤٩٢.

في عام ١٤٩٢، فر أكثر من ١٥٠،٠٠٠من اليهود الإسبان بحثاً عن سلامتهم إلى الإمبراطورية العثمانية من محاكم التفتيش الاسبانية على صدور "مرسوم الحمراء"، التي أمرت بطرد اليهود من المملكة الإسبانية من قشتالة. في عهد السلطان بايزيد الثاني، والإمبراطورية العثمانية احتضنت هؤلاء الناس المظلومين مع الرحمة ورحب بهم إلى أراضيهم. سمح اليهود الأسبان للعيش في المدن الأكثر ثراء الإمبراطورية مثل اسطنبول، سراييفو، سالونيك، أدرنة، نيكوبوليس، بورصة، آيدن، توكات، أماسيا وأزمير.عاش اليهود لمئات السنين التي تلت مرسوم الحمراء، وعاش اليهود حياة مليئة الازدهار السلمية، تحت الحكم الإسلامي للإمبراطورية العثمانية.


-- Ottoman Imperial Archives

*Until the 19th Century, per Sir Martin Gilbert, historian, and others.
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GE
Noun
1. A tax-exempt organization that provides charity to its executives and shareholders through generous contributions by the US taxpayers.
Source: Charles Roth, MPC
Contributor: CR
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Potato Chip Book
Noun
1. A book with little merit that is quickly consumed, and enjoyable.

Source: Michael Jepson
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Gayngry
Adjective
1. Homosexually furious.
Source: Max Edward Leu
Contributor: ML
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Elgin
Verb
1. To Elgin; to abscond with works of art under the guise of authority.
Source: The Elgin Marbles, for one.
Contributor: CR
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